• Monday, 1 March 2010

    Eleventh Leverkusen draw lets Bayern go top: Bundesliga reviews

    Schalke 2-1 Dortmund
    Hertha 0-2 Hoffenheim
    Mainz 1-2 Bremen
    Monchengladbach 1-1 Freiburg
    Bochum 0-0 Nurnberg
    Stuttgart 2-1 Eintracht
    Leverkusen 0-0 Cologne
    Hannover 0-1 Wolfsburg
    Bayern 1-0 Hamburg

    While Leverkusen remain unbeaten this season, they have drawn eleven times now. The latest came this week against near neighbours Cologne. The leaders couldn't break down some determined defence while Cologne's Sebastien Freis carved out the two best openings of the game. That gave Bayern the chance to take over at the top and they did thanks to a thunderbolt from Franck Ribéry. With him and Arjen Robben running the show, Hamburg had it all on to contain the Bavarians. They almost managed it, but with precious little backlift, Ribéry smashed one in from the edge of the box with 12 minutes left.

    Dortmund blew the chance to get one over their big rivals on Friday night. Nuri Sahin's penalty early in the second half gave them the lead, but Benedikt Howedes equalised just after the hour and Ivan Rakitic curled in a stunning winner two minutes from time. That sees Schalke remain well and truly in the title chase, two points back from Leverkusen. Cacau is a man in form and added another two to his tally as Stuttgart came from behind to beat Eintracht. Benjamin Kohler put the Frankfurters ahead late in the first half, but not late enough for Cacau to first equalise and then give Stuttgart the lead. Bremen remain in the hunt for European football after beating ten man Mainz who played all but the first 14 minutes without Florian Heller. They held out until the half hour when Tim Borowski broke the deadlock, but Aristide Bancé levelled it up just before the break. Mainz couldn't hold out though and Sebastien Prodl's goal five minutes into the second half proved the winner. Wolfsburg continued their new found winning habit, sneaking past Hannover thanks to Zvjezdan Misimovic's header late on.

    After giving their supporters hope they could get themselves out of the mire, Hertha reverted to type by succumbing meekly to Hoffenheim. Demba Ba and a late one from Vedad Ibisevic did the damage while the other two clubs in the bottom three both drew. Nurnberg survived against Bochum despite Albert Bunjaku's late dismissal while Freiburg couldn't hang on at Gladbach. Demba Cissé had put Freiburg ahead, but Roel Brouwers levelled it midway through the second half.

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